1st annual lao american writers summit, august 13-15

Check it. This weekend, Lao American writers and artists from around the United States will gather for the first national Lao American Writers Summit, happening August 13-15 at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. The event fill feature writing workshops, community panels and public readings. Here are some more details:
Lao American Writers Summit

August 13-15

Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN

The Lao American Writers Summit will mentor and support the first and emerging generation of Lao American writers.

Held in Minneapolis on August 13-15th at the acclaimed Loft Literary Center, readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings will be scheduled and encouraged.

Writing Workshops
Under the present plan, a nationally recognized Laotian American writer will facilitate each writing workshop. Workshops will consist of writing exercises and group discussions on participants' writing. At each workshop, participants will write and workshop new pieces in their genre of preference. Participants have the opportunity to take a workshop with every faculty member.

Community Panels
For emerging writers and non-artist participants, panels will be held to highlight the current state of Lao American arts, opportunities and experiences of individual artists and to examine the positive potential arts have on individual and community growth.

Resource Fair
Community members will have an opportunity to meet national, regional and local arts, philanthropic and refugee service organizations, publishers and researchers who can answer questions and advise writers and artists on significant opportunities.

Based on preliminary community discussions, we anticipate an audience of 100 to 200 people representing a wide range of states, particularly from the Minnesota, Texas, Washington, California, Illinois, Wisconsin and New York.
Sounds like it's going to be a really awesome, worthwhile event. For further information, including the event schedule, speakers bios and registration, go to the the Lao American Writers Summit website here and Laotian American Writers Society blog here.

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